Job Title: Outreach Worker - Overdose Outreach Team
Work Site: Overdose Emergency Response, Three Bridges Community Health Centre - Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Status: Temporary Part Time - Vacation Relief (0.60 FTE)
Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately September 2021
Salary: $25.40 - $27.53 per hour
0900 - 1700
Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays
Come work as an Outreach Worker with the Overdose Outreach Team in Vancouver, BC!
Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Outreach Worker to join the Overdose Outreach Team at Three Bridges Community Health Centre in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Apply today to join our team!
As an Overdose Outreach Worker with VCH, you will:
Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide support services to individuals and their families with accessing opioid agonist therapy and related support services.
Monitor clients by methods such as observing client’s health condition and environment.
Arrange, plan, escort and accompany designated/marginalized individuals on appointments, errands and other activities, as required.
Create linkages to other community resources and programs.
Assist clients in accessing benefits or assistance as appropriate and provide brief planning and coordination on issues related to substance use, opioid agonist therapy, overdose prevention and harm reduction.
Under the direction of the Registered Nurse, administer medication to clients and provide medication reminders.
Liaise and work with community resources and healthcare providers.
Provide basic health-promoting information and promote development of life-skills to clients.
Perform a variety of general clerical duties, attend meetings and participate in patient care planning and coordination.
WHO WE ARE
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.
About The Overdose Outreach Team:
Our team of outreach and social workers and peers provide connections for people who have recently experienced opioid overdose and/or are at high risk for opioid overdose to substance use care and support.
We help clients with:
Navigation to appropriate services (e.g., primary care, detox, treatment, etc.)
Support in accessing Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) (e.g., methadone, suboxone, iOAT, etc.)
Overdose prevention education
The Overdose Outreach Team does not provide long-term case management services. However, we will support clients in accessing the long term supports as need.
Check out this link on Unique partnership with firefighters helps support people who have overdosed:
Education & Experience
Diploma in Community Social Services and one (1) year related experience working with People who use substances and those suffering from complex mental health issues and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid BC driver’s license and vehicle.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Knowledge & Abilities
Demonstrated ability to work with marginalized and culturally diverse populations including those with substance use issues and mental illness.
Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with clients and families in order to explore issues that are beyond the initial presented concerns.
A working knowledge and familiarity with health and social service programs specific to the North Shore and more generally speaking in the Lower Mainland.
Working knowledge of harm reduction principles
Crisis prevention/intervention and conflict resolution/de-escalation skills.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment as well as capacity to work in partnership with other community agencies.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques and First-aid.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.
***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***
Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.